1) The Giro d’Italia is one of the three grand tours. Three, weeks, over 2000 miles and 30 miles of elevation. MILES! The best part is the changing road conditions. From snow, to rain to beautiful sunshine. The race has it all.

Italian roads ahead of the GIro. (pic by D. Bennett)

Italian roads ahead of the GIro. (pic by D. Bennett)

2) This week’s playlist mirrors (to overstate it) stage 13 of this year’s race. Those three climbs were really tough IRL. Endurance is the hill as we work through 7 to 9 minute efforts . . . favoring sustained pace over dramatic surges. There are no sprints on the mountain days.

3) There were two Equinox Tysons riders who just came back from riding in Italy. Second year in a row someone from the tribe has taken on the hills of Italy!

Stage 13 of the 2019 Giro

Stage 13 of the 2019 Giro

4) We race for the maglia rosa, the pink jersey worn by the race leader. Other jersey’s identify the best sprinter, climber and young rider.

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5) And that’s kinda what life is about. Pushing our bodies and finding out how strong we are. Not in one minute increments, but over long distances. Over the short haul, humans aren’t particularly fast. But over one, two, three hours . . . we are among the best species in the world. Our ancestors would chase prey for hours, eventually exhausting it. It comes down to our ability to sweat.
6) I saw a doc called “Finding Traction” about the Long trail in Vermont. It really reminded me of the strength we have within ourselves.


7) Breathing. The time trial, the ‘race of truth’ is the ultimate when it comes to breath control. Our profiles over the last couple of months have focused on cadence and breathing. Those are the two main elements in the time trial. This year’s Giro has three time trials. From 5 to 20 miles.

8) Here are my notes from the profile. I’m not sure how helpful these are as I don’t get much feedback. Last notes sharing for a while.
9) We have our 90 minute class on Wednesday in Tysons. Check out this post (specifically #3, 4, 5) for some tips on a 90 min class. If you can’t stay for the entire class, it’s OK. Listen to your body. BUt don’t be afraid to go for the pink jersey!

Alberto Contador in the maglia rosa at the 2015 Giro. (photo cred D. Bennett)

Alberto Contador in the maglia rosa at the 2015 Giro. (photo cred D. Bennett)